Lloret de Mar – Costa Brava’s jewel & Podcast

Last Updated: Oct 8, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

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View of the D’en Plaja Castle in Lloret de Mar

IIoret de Mar:

Lloret de Mar was the perfect place to visit as a side trip when we were in Barcelona. Prior to the event we attended, l had no knowledge of the existence of this beach town. Now, l can’t seem to stop singing it’s praises. I fell in love. I hope my pictures do it justice.

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Why Lloret de Mar is a must visit in Spain: Beautiful Santa Clotilde Gardens

Lloret de Mar has been a favorite destination for people in the European Union for ages. I knew Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner spent some time in Costa Brava during their tumultuous courtship. I did not know that Truman Capote wrote his classic “In Cold Blood” there as well. This was told to us by the town car driver. It’s hard to imagine how anyone could write about such horrible, grisly murders while surrounded by such incredible beauty.

How to get to Iloret de Mar from Barcelona:

There are 3 options for of travel Lloret de Mar to Barcelona or vice versa (Barcelona to Lloret de Mar):

  • Bus. The Moventis #2 bus from either direction. It takes approximately 1 hour and costs €3 and up depending on when you book.
  • Train. The R1 train from Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona to Blanes, at which point you transfer to a bus and get off at Lloret de Mar bus station. Total cost of the journey is roughly €3-7 and takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes.
  • Driving. If you’re driving, your journey will be about 1 hour and the distance is 75 km. If you are renting, a car, get the best prices worldwide at auto Europe

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The podcast covers:

Where to stay in IIoret de Mar:

Rosamar Hotel: Awesome!

The Hotel Rosamar and  Spa  which was right on the beach. It was a half board that included full breakfast too, none of that continental breakfast nonsense with dry croissants and cereal. The hotels in Lloret de Mar can be booked as all inclusive as well for a few extra bucks. Very convenient! All inclusive hotels save you from having to find places to eat and might end up saving you money since they are package deals.

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My hotel room in Lloret de Mar

Hotel IIoret de Mar: Rosamar view

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View from my hotel room terrace. One of the best things to do in Lloret de Mar is to lie on the gorgeous beaches and relax on your vacation.

 

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My room with a view. The Hotel Rosamar and Spa in Lloret de mar. lloret de Mar weather is pretty fantastic all summer long.

There are beautiful beaches all along the coast line, so you have your pick. The closest one to the hotel was the Lloret beach. It was so nice to be able to walk the length daily to attend the conference. There were parties nightly, and l never felt unsafe walking by myself in the middle of the night.

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Paradise found :-) lloret de mar beach
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What is Lloret de Mar like? Paradise found, food, beach, awesome people! :-). This is Lloret de Mar beach

 

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Lloret de Mar town centre: One of the open air art pieces found along the beach front..

I also loved walking down the narrow streets discovering little surprises like the Catholic church Santa Roma, with it’s Gothic look or a sweet little bakery that a friend and l had the most delicious red velvet cupcakes.

German tourist! He kept trying to talk to me, and l asked him to pose..Here is the result.. :-) Friendly people everywhere
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German tourist! He kept trying to talk to me, and l asked him to pose..Here is the result.. 🙂 Friendly people everywhere

Santa Rosa Church:

Santa Roma church in lloret de mar
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Lloret de Mar what to do: visit the Santa Roma Catholic Church

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Santa Clotilde Gardens:

The visit to Santa Clotilde Gardens was so special. It had the most amazing views of the sea. The gardens were donated to the city by the family that own the house. The upkeep required 14 gardeners daily! They do however still retain ownership of the house which is closed to the public. It’s such a beautiful place that you could easily spend hours just people watching and taking in the spectacular views.

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I love this! Another awesome space at the Clotilde gardens in Lloret de mar.

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View of the sea from one of the many vantage points

 

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I loved the statues, and wished l had my other lens for closeups!

The excursion of the coast line with MST Nautica (Charter Lloret) was awesome! Getting to see Lloret de Mar and the neighboring towns from the other side was fantastic.

charter lloret MST Nautica
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Marco. Our fantastic Captain..

 

 

On our way!
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On our way!

 

One of the coves we saw along the Costa Brava
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One of the caves we saw along the Costa Brava

 

 

Beautiful..Tossa de Mar
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Beautiful Tossa de Mar Costa Brava views as we sailed.


I want one of those!
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I want one of those!

 

The neighboring town of Tossa de Mar
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The neighboring town of Tossa de Mar

Cool thing to do in Lloret de Mar Costa Brava:

Tapas tasting everywhere:

Tapas:  Workshop at El Romani restaurant in Lloret de Mar. It was so much fun learning and getting to try our hand at making tapas! Alas.. my creation did not win! I did however, get to enjoy a lot of awesome food.

el romani restaurant tapas lloret de mar
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How do you say no to this? Answer… you don’t 🙂

 

Jamon, and more jamon!
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Jamon, and more jamon! Comparing regular ham to the Iberico

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The mussels were out of this world!
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The mussels were out of this world! Potato brava was also present!

 

Anchovies! and something that looks like sardine, but it is not!!! Delicious!
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Anchovies! and something that looks like sardine, but it is not!!! Delicious!

 

The freshest ingredients..
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The freshest ingredients..

 

My creation! I went first. I should have waited to see what others came up with .. :-)
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My creation! I went first. I should have waited to see what others came up with .. 🙂

 

 

The owner, Joan Pau judging..
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The owner, Joan Pau judging..

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IIoret  Restaurants: Places for tapas and drinks in Lloret de Mar:

  • El Romani
  • Bodega de Xarxa
  • La Lonja
  • La Parrilla

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Costa Brava IIoret de mar:

Best things to do in IIoret de mar include:

  • Water world Lloret de Mar
  • Santa Clotilde gardens
  • Iglesia de Sant Roma Gothic church
  • Platja de Fenals city beach
  • Cala Boadela with nude beach section
  • Sould Park – perfect for travelers with kids. Loots of rides and assault course
  • Museo del Mar museum
  • Castillo d’en Platja mediaval fortress
  • Lloret de mar beaches
  • IIoret de mar castle
  • Santa Rosa Parish
Tossa de Mar - pin it for later access.
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Tossa de Mar – neighbor to Lloret de Mar Costa Brava is also worth visiting.

parish church of sant roma #lloretdemar #costabrava
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Should you visit Costa Brava?

Most definitely! It’s a beautiful beach town with friendly locals. If you’re in Barcelona, I highly recommend the short trip to Lloret de Mar to add to your Catalan experience. Warm sandy beaches and culture plus the nightlife in Lloret de Mar is pretty good. Plenty of clubs and bars and casino to make for awesome nights and lasting memories.

Does Lloret de Mar sound like a place you would consider in the future? or are you just not a beach lover?

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23 thoughts on “Lloret de Mar – Costa Brava’s jewel & Podcast”

  1. Your taking me back to when I was 17 and went on my first ‘independent’ trip with my friend of the same age. Back then everything was so cheap, especially Spain (I’m surprised by your deal by the way, cheap). I remember back then thinking Lloret de Mar was ok, but we loved Tossa de Mar. Got drunk one night and we both fell asleep on the beach…work up at 3 am and hiked to our camping site which was about 3km away. The crazy things we do when we are young.
    Anyway, thought the Costa Brava was beautiful but haven’t been to Spain since although have always wanted to return. You’ll have to tell me about the TBEX sometime, something I’ve never done.
    Nice post,
    Frank (bbqboy)

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    • Lol! Great story Frank. I’m glad to hear it was safe, even back then :-). I didn’t get to visit Tossa de Mar unfortunately. I have to save it for a return visit l guess. It’s time for you to come back and visit Spain… I will send you an email re TBEX soon..

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  2. What an excellent review!! I am glad that you have told the world about my new town in such a way !!( I emigrated from the UK here in Dec 2014). There is so much on offer here if you can see past the tourist traps and the nightclub reputation. I would not live anywhere else in the world!!

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words Gary. I am so glad l was able to convey the joy that my visit brought me. You certainly picked a great place to hang your hat. I can’t wait to go back with my husband, he is certainly going to like it. Thanks again for your visit and comment 🙂

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    • I agree with you totally. It really is a beautiful place. Thank you for the compliment. The gardens were so blissful. Imagine that as your yard..day in..day out..how awesome is that? :-). Thank you for the comment..

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    • Nice huh? They couldn’t have picked a more beautiful place! You should go to the next one if you can. It’s going to be in Stockholm. With your know how with hacking, it shouldn’t be too difficult for you :-). Totally worth it, and l learned so much .

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  3. You’ve painted a very pretty picture! Really awesome pictures and food! I should get down there sometime! I regret missing out on TBEX this time, hope to get to Bangkok later this year and Sweden next year! Glad that you enjoyed yourself and shared with us!

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    • Thanks a lot for the kind comment. I really had no idea what to expect, as it was my first one. I am so happy it was fantastic. I had a great time, and learned so much from the sessions. I intend to go next year as well to Sweden. Thanks for visiting.. 🙂

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  4. Beautiful pictures! Being the beach bum I am, this looks like my kind of town. The tapas look great too. Glad you enjoyed your time at TBEX and left with some new insights!

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    • Yes, it was lovely. I am so glad l attended. Of course now, the hard part is going to be implementing all that l learned :-). Everyone was generous with their time and patience. The tapas were heavenly!!!! and that town is seriously lovely. We aim to go back as soon as possible.

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  5. HELLO Kemkem & Federico , I DISCOVER NOW THE PHOTOS YOU DONE IN LLORET DE MAR AND SPECIALLY IN OUR RESTAURANT EL ROMANÍ. NICE PHOTOS AND NICE WORDS !!! I HAVE PICK UP SOME OF THEM FOR MY COLLECTION OF EVENTS. THANKS A LOT AND GOOD LIFE !

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    • Hi Joan Pau, thanks so much for dropping by. I’m glad you liked the pictures. No problems , use whichever ones you want 🙂 . I hope you’re doing well. Take care 🙂 .

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